Running a business successfully means having effective leaders who both manage operations and inspire employees to achieve their best results. Effective leaders know what people need to be motivated to change and to create a positive corporate culture. Additionally, effective leaders in a business setting know how to step back and see the bigger picture so they can see and articulate the vision in a way that others know what goals and procedures will be needed to stay vital in the future. Then to stay on track, leaders also address conflict and encourage risk taking to keep operations in forward motion.
In business, three types of leadership styles tend to dominate behavior: authoritative, democratic, and delegating. A leader may call on all three styles but generally, fall back on one style under pressure. The skill is for a leader to know when each style is called for in particular situations.
Authoritative leaders: authoritative leaders operate alone, like to make quick decisions that are then communicated downward, and who implement new policies without thinking through what the impact will be on everyone who is affected, on their tasks and their emotions. Their decisiveness and task focus can get results. But they often leave a dark path behind them wherever they go.
Democratic leaders: Leaders who spend time listening to feedback and asking for participation in decision-making are primarily democratic. They feel everyone’s ideas should be considered before decisions are made. They often use brainstorming and employee focus groups to implement new policies and procedures. People feel heard but sometimes the process is too slow. Also, democratic leaders may not count on and share their own wisdom enough.
Delegating leaders: These leaders are adept at giving tasks to different groups of people, while overseeing the overall work of the groups. The delegating leader doesn’t usually participate in the decision making, and the team is left to work on their own without much oversight. This can help employees feel empowered. It can also leave them feeling overwhelmed and set up for failure if the leader doesn’t pay enough attention to what the employees need to succeed.
Effective leaders have good listening and observation skills so they know how to adapt their styles as necessary. They build good interpersonal relationships so they are able to foresee challenges and difficulties that may arise. And no matter what type of leader they are, they need to be open and honest while communicating with a variety of people and groups.
Businesses should be ran by leaders understand what it takes to inspire people to implement the strategy and plans. These leaders will help your company build and maintain success well into the future.